Food in the Garden

Dawn Gardens are mainly for ornamental plants but I installed some vegetable beds and a fruit orchard for clients who want to see how it is done.


Raspberry ‘Heritage’

Raspberry ‘Fall Gold’


Bartlett Pear


Dwarf Peach

6 different types peaches grafted on one tree



IMG_3456Persimmon (Diospyros kaki ‘Hachiya’)

Dwarf Pomegranate (Punica granata ‘Compacta’)

Owari Satsuma Mandarin

Besides the Kumquat this is the only citrus that will survive at Dawn Gardens because the temperatures can get down below 25 degrees. This tangerine is delicious, easy to peel and has no seeds.

Yellow Delicious Apple

Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)

Strawberry Guava (


The vegetable garden is made up of 7 4’x7′ garden beds made of 1/4″ steel plate welded together at the corners.

Since the beds are raised above the ground there is good drainage. Every year I add a wheelbarrow full of compost to each bed before planting.

The winter and spring garden is a mix of lettuce cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.

Peas and sweet peas are grown on the wire trellises.


The green tassels indicate that the fertilization is not complete. The yellow or brown tassels show that the fertilization is complete. 70 days from seed to harvest.

Corn stalks are good fall decorations.

Asparagus – first year from planting in pot with Thyme

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lisa Joplin says:

    Hi Barry!
    Greetings from Branson, MO!!! I was wondering if you ever have your soil tested? I read somewhere that that is an important step but one few people invest in. I’m a little jealous of all your beautiful fruits and vegetables. We are in a constant battle with the squirrels and the squirrels are winning!!!


    1. I never have obtained a soil report for my property but I have for several of my jobs and have found that their recommendations for improvement are always less than what I do anyway. Please come to see me if you ever come to California. I have 2 spare bedrooms and you can eat for free at my son’s restaurant.


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